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This was 2 weeks ago: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk counties all told to mask indoors. #WearAMask
Health Department Issues a Commissioner’s Advisory as NYC Faces High Levels of COVID-19, Influenza, and RSV
This was last week: The Advisory strongly recommends masking in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings, and other proven precautions such as vaccination, testing, hand hygiene, and staying home when sick. #WearAMask
If your kids, your coworkers, and everyone you know has been feeling sick, here’s why: For the past two years, social distancing kept seasonal viruses at bay. Now they’re roaring back. #WearAMask
With just a few clicks, actors can look younger or older without the need for expensive visual effects. #AI
Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child’s homework will never be the same. Then there’s the misinformation problem. #AI
Amazon joins companies like Meta and Google seeking to emulate the success of TikTok’s wildly popular and lucrative video-sharing format. #Amazon
In Creator mode, follower growth and demographics can be tracked and analyzed. #LinkedIn
The Lensa AI app is creating eye-catching self portraits, but is also being questioned over its fundamental premise and data policies. “You grant us a perpetual, revocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, create derivative works from and transfer your User Content, without any additional compensation to you …You grant us consent to use the User Content, regardless of whether it includes an individual’s name, likeness or persona, sufficient to indicate the individual’s identity. You further acknowledge and agree that our use of your User Content will not result in any injury to you or to any person you authorized to act on your behalf.” #AI
File this under: You learn something new every day! In the ’90s, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, suggested something to help us sort through information.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a medical device company, is under federal investigation for potential animal-welfare violations amid internal staff complaints that its animal testing is being rushed, causing needless suffering and deaths.
Markus Dohle Steps Down as CEO of Penguin Random House; Nihar Malaviya Appointed as Interim Successor
MT @LyskovAndrei Just launched our book “The AI Sages”. Written, designed, and published in 12 hours and $0 spent w/ @LucasCohen12 How did we do it? We relied entirely on the text and image output of ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion. You can learn more & buy it here. #AI
Per @svershbow, No one outside The New York Times knows exactly how its best sellers are calculated — and the list of theories is longer than the actual list of best sellers. Attempts to game the list are as frequent in book publishing as new Danielle Steel novels. #BookPublishing
Research shows that the income of professional authors averages only £7,000 in the UK, making the profession ‘inaccessible and unsustainable’ to most. #BookPublishing
At Echo Glen Children’s Center, a state library will soon open for some of Washington State’s incarcerated youth. #Libraries
New York City’s public libraries may have to cut staff, hours, branches and programming as they face potential multi-million-dollar budget cuts in Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to curtail city spending. #Libraries
Across 44 countries we find that around half (49%) of publishers are regularly updating TikTok accounts with news-related content.
As Christmas came to be celebrated in the home, choosing the right volume was a way to show intimate understanding of the person opening the package. #GiftaBook
If you want to infuse even more bookishness into your holiday celebrations, here are some ideas for new literary traditions! #GiftaBook
The New Yorker’s editors and critics choose this year’s essential reads in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. #BestBooks
From historical fantasy and riveting romance to heartbreaking memoir and more — these are the books from 2022 we loved. #BestBooks
From Rumi to Blake to Nick Cave, by way of trees, hummingbirds, grief, and music. Via @brainpicker
From Stacy Schiff’s ‘The Revolutionary’ to Imani Perry’s ‘South to America,’ here are the best nonfiction books of the year. #BestBooks
Here are the 10 romance books that made us cheer, cry, and swoon the hardest this year. #BestBooks
Our favorite titles of the year resurrect forgotten histories and illuminate how the nation ended up where it is today. #BestBooks
Here are the most notable picture and middle grade books, selected by The Times’s children’s books editor. #BestBooks
Russian bookstores have started removing LGBT-themed works from their catalogues after President Vladimir Putin signed a wide-reaching ban on expressions of LGBT identity into law on Monday. #BookBans
Resources & Opportunities
The WMG Rise Fund will provide monetary assistance in the form of grants to help members grow their professional knowledge, network, and experience. All WMG members with a minimum of one full year of active membership are eligible. Apply by January 31, 2023. @WMG_NYC
MT @Center4Fiction Our first Literary Auction is now live online! Bid on dinners with authors, meet and greets with industry experts, and more in support of The Center’s programming through December 16th!
IT folks: Check out Advent of Code — 50 mini programming puzzles (2 per day) to solve before Dec 25. Join anytime. #developers